North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Emotional and Social Development (ESD)

Subdomain: Developing a Sense of Self with Others

Goal: Children form relationships and interact positively with familiar adults who are consistent and responsive to their needs.

Skill Progression: Attachment

Age: 15-18 Months

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Physically and verbally shows caring to adult

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in interaction with the adult within daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child gives the adult unsolicited hugs and kisses or brings objects to the adult as a “gift.”

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

With busy lives, it is often difficult to respond to each overture of the child, but help parents understand the baby’s approach can be dealt with quickly with a smile, a hug and a redirection to an interesting activity. Adults need to model caring nurturing behaviors and reinforce them in the child.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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